Before finding a way to control your snoring problem, it is important to understand why we snore. The muscles in our throat relax during sleep. Turbulent airflow then occurs through a narrowed airway causing vibration and shaking of the uvula and soft palate tissues to cause snoring.
Snoring is often associated with obstructive sleep apnoea, a breathing disorder in sleep where the airway closes off completely and the person stops breathing. This is turn is associated with a number of health conditions such as stroke and heart disease, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, and reduced libido. Work place or driving accidents can occur due to daytime sleepiness and lack of attention.
Do you suffer from a snoring problem? Have you ever been teased by your family members and friends for your loud snoring during sleep? Well, you are certainly not alone. Nowadays, a high percentage of adults as well as minors are affected by this problem. There is no denying the fact that snoring can disturb others. However, snoring can be a clue to a serious health concern that demands attention. People with a snoring problem are more likely to be irritable and tired because it can also be associated with impacts on their own sleep quality. Moreover, the noise caused by snoring affects their sleeping partners. If left unattended, snoring can be a constant source of frustration and tension between the couples.
Some lifestyle factors exacerbate snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea. Being overweight, evening alcohol, smoking, and sleep deprivation are some of these factors.
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are treatable. Simple early lifestyle changes include:
Often snoring is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Clues to obstructive sleep apnoea include breathing pauses in sleep, gasping episodes overnight, daytime tiredness and sleepiness. OSA needs to be investigated and managed medically. You should visit your GP and be referred to a Sleep Specialist for further testing and treatment advice.
Dr Desai has worked closely with Somnomed to host and lecture to groups of Dentists interested in treating obstructive sleep apnoea. Dentists are in a good position to identify obstructive sleep aponea in their patients and can work well with Sleep Physicians to provide co-ordinated care.
23/09/2016 - Multidisciplinary Dental Sleep Medicine Symposium at Pullman Hotel Sydney. Speakers included Dr Anup Desai, Sleep Physician, and Dr Nicholas Stow, ENT surgeon.
13/12/2016 - Dental Sleep Medicine Symposium hosted in Sydney Sleep Centre rooms
23/02/2017 - GP and Dentist talk on obstructive sleep apnoea and treatment approaches. Speakers included Dr Anup Desai, Sleep Physician, and Dr Geraldine Ash, Specialist Sleep Dentist.